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The Divide

The Divide is a tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The show is directed by Annabel Bolton, an Associate Director of The Old Vic.

The Divide is set in the aftermath of a deadly contagion which, a century from now, has decimated the English population and rendered contact between men and women fatal. Under the dictates of an elusive Preacher, an unthinkable solution is enforced. Separated by the Divide, the adult survivors are segregated by gender, as men wear white as a mark of their purity, and women – still infected – are clothed in black as a sign of their sin.

Brother and sister Elihu (Jake Davies) and Soween (Erin Doherty) grow up learning the ways of their tightly controlled society. As they begin to glimpse the cracks in the system, Elihu falls for Giella (Weruche Opia), the daughter of two radical mothers, risking fatal disease and threatening to ignite a bloody revolution. The Divide is a vision of a dystopian future defined by brutal repression and forbidden love.

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Written by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Annabel Bolton

Cast includes Clare Burt, Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Sophie Melville, Joanne McGuinness, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn, Letty Thomas, Finty Williams

Good To Know

Audio described performance on 7 Feb 7.30pm

Captioned performance on 9 Feb 7.30pm

How Does It Work

Please bring along your printed voucher to the box office to collect tickets before the show.

Suitable For Children

Age recommendation: 16 and older     

**scenes of nudity**

When Can I Go

Tue 30 Jan 2018 – Sat 10 Feb 2018

Matinee performances will start at the earlier time of 1pm, and evenings at the earlier time of 7pm

Where Do I Go

The Old Vic, The Cut London, SE1 8NB

The Old Vic, London

Latest customer reviews

  • Atmospheric and amusing

    11 February 2018

    Outstanding acting by Erin. Dialogue amusing in parts and thought provoking in others. Atmosphere vastly improved by live and excellent background chorus - a choral recording would have made this an ordinary production instead of the extraordinary production that it was - thanks to them!

    Vicky Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • The Divide

    11 February 2018

    Long play but time went very quickly, the acting was outstanding, very enjoyable.

    Jules Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Superb Show

    10 February 2018

    We were initially a bit apprehensive when we saw the running time and were expecting a bleak dystopian play which may have been hard to focus on for that long. However, the show was excellent. Erin Doherty as Saween is awesome - both in terms of remembering that many lines but also her ability to take the audience on her emotional journey. We laughed and felt her pain in equal measure. An actress with a bright future. Also stand outs for us were the actors who played the young lovers. The story is a bit bleak but you can project all your own views onto what the play is about. It was certainly stirring conversation at the interval and the applause at the end was clearly more than polite. We had a great evening and hats off to all the cast and the theatre staff who made it memorable.

    Gill and Tony Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 6 February 2018

    The Devide addressed a very important contemporary topic about difference between genders. The lead character Soween (Erin Doherty) is excellent. I really recommended this play to everybody.

    miZZ Confirmed ticket purchaser